Tears in father’s eyes – Jerry Nakata (OH0005)
Jerry Nakata: I can remember walking up to, walking to the ferry, going up the stairs, I can remember that.
Interviewer: The stairs on the ferry?
Jerry Nakata: I can remember getting on the ferry, and getting off at Coleman dock, and then there was a Pullman train. We got on the Pullman train, and there was a couple of underclassmen, as we departed, running alongside the train. That, that kid was Rich Barr, and he fought in the Pacific. And he came back and he says us guys are, “different than the guys I fought against.” That’s the kind of people we had on Bainbridge. Another story I forgot to tell you as we, departing, there was a couple of underclassmen kids that rode across Eagle Harbor to see us off, and for their actions they darned near got expelled.
Interviewer: How about your close friends like Reese Moran or Earl Hanson or Hal Champness? Did they come to see you off?
Jerry Nakata: Earl did. He was there at the landing, but we couldn’t shake hands because there was a barrier there. And Hal Champness was working at the shipyard that day, the superintendent wouldn’t let him, wouldn’t let him leave to see us off.